Virtual Photo Challenge - On My Commute

This virtual challenge, On My Commute, challenges us to portray what we "see" when we're commuting - whether to and from work, school, or any regular route.

A "commute" for our purposes is a route we frequently take.

As photographers, we are always learning to "see" differently. And when we're doing our life, we end up "seeing" a lot, especially when we're not photographing. This challenge is meant to bring us to the present when we're exercising our "seeing" muscles.

The challenging part is to try to portray what it is that we're seeing - by stopping on our commute, long enough to snap a photo :)

To join the challenge, make sure you're signed up before the start time of 7am on Wednesday, May 8th. And, as with previous challenges so far this year, if you RSVP to attend this event, you are making a personal commitment to take at least ONE photo according to your interpretation of the themes provided, and post at least ONE image in the Designated Album for this challenge.

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INSTRUCTIONS

You must sign up before the start date to take part in this challenge.

By signing up you commit to take at least ONE photo representing one of your choice of the items provided. You may take as many photos as you like, but you must post at least ONE image to the designated photo album for the challenge, and up to five images in total - one for each theme.

ON MY COMMUTE

Here are the themes:

1. People

2. Ominous scene

3. Looking up

4. Shades of one hue

5. Inspiring

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HOW IT WORKS

To participate, you must sign up before the start date of this challenge.

Your own personal challenge starts when you RSVP to join us on the challenge. You commit to taking at least ONE photo, based on your interpretation of your choice of the themes provided.

You must post at least ONE image to the Designated Photo Album for this Challenge, and you MUST use the Caption to state the theme used in your image. You can post up to 5 images, one for each of the themes.

No other photos are allowed. Your photos must be taken with your camera between the start and end dates of this challenge. If you cannot post your images on the day you took them, you can post later; there is no time limit for posting your images to the Album once the challenge begins.

Use of all of your cameras are welcome, such as SLR, phone, toy, and point & shoots. Computer post-processing techniques (crop, colour correction, etc.) are allowed. To make it more challenging, we encourage use of "in-camera" settings and framing and minimal computer post-processing.

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All group members are encouraged to enjoy the photos that are posted by the participants of this challenge and add comments of encouragement and appreciation.

REMEMBER: we will NOT meet in person because this is a VIRTUAL challenge. There will be no judging and no prizes. If you sign up for the challenge, you are making a personal agreement with yourself to take photos and then post your best photos as laid out in the instructions.

Note: If you miss the start date and cannot RSVP, then you must wait for the next challenge... :)

Enjoy!!!!

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  • Christine B.

    The virtual format is very convenient for me as I don't have a lot time to attend the in person meet ups. And really enjoy the structure of the challenge. I do not however enjoy what is, in my opinion, the nitpicky comments directed to those who are not following the "rules". I appreciate the structure is there for a reason - to challenge our thinking and make us stretch as artists. And I try very hard to follow the "rules". But really at the end of the day, the majority of people participating here are doing so as hobbyists or weekend warriors. I enjoy all the photographs and the effort behind them. These types of comments have appeared on other virtual challenges so I know this is not a one off. Quite frankly these comments make me enjoy these challenges less and I will consider whether or not I will participate in future challenges. Yes, I know I can turn off the comments.. but then I will miss the positive comments. Perhaps we need to just lighten up a little.

    1 · May 21, 2013

    • Christine B.

      I personally have no issue with the structure. If I did, I wouldn't participate. I was merely pointing out that the comments.. of which there were many ... were, again, in my own opinion, to not be constructive and given that most of us are not professionals and probably not making any money off this, what's the big deal anyway?? This is my opinion and mine alone. I speak for no one else. I respect that others may not share this opinion and that is totally fine.

      1 · May 21, 2013

    • Christine B.

      I appreciate and value the work of the organizers and not looking to start a big debate.. I was just providing my feedback at the end of the meetup.

      1 · May 21, 2013

  • Winson C.

    If this virtual challenge is also serving as educational purpose, I believe commenting cannot be omitted ; however commentators must be constructive and show respects to the artists.

    3 · May 21, 2013

  • kelly

    Thanks Trish, raised my awareness of all things around me on my daily commute, which is a dog walk. Most of the time my focus is the gal at the end of the leash...I actually rewalked the route sans dog to take my pics and stretched it out to close to 2 hours instead of the usual 45 minutes....it was excellent "ME" time on a beautiful morning to boot.

    3 · May 21, 2013

  • kelly

    Again, some amazing images have been added, but I am still baffled by
    many of them....what category of the challenge do they represent?.....looking up, people, inspiring, ominous scene or hues of one colour?? please indicate in the caption....and in case you don't know, there is a misc album available every month to put photos taken that don't fall into the challenge classifications

    May 19, 2013

    • Trish

      Thanks Susan, but it's not a matter of trust. I think there are many factors at play - one is that when choosing albums to upload on a computer, the names of the albums are truncated in the selection box so it's difficult to know which album to choose. When uploading from mobile, the same is true, it's difficult to know which album you're choosing. Another factor is there are many new people here who are trying to understand what they're supposed to do and the challenges are actually quite complex with all the rules and instructions.

      1 · May 21, 2013

    • Trish

      If I've moved any photos that don't belong in the Monthly Misc. album - please let me know. Thanks.

      1 · May 21, 2013

  • Judy

    Thinking about the 'bigger picture' while commuting took quite a bit of effort on my part; I'm impressed with the images that everyone captured during their travels!

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Anne G.

    I really enjoyed my first experience with the group. It got me out there taking photos! I guess I needed a goal...it was fun to select and post my favourites as well as getting feedback. Look forward to the next challenge!

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Dave B.

    Hi. I'm new here, but I thought that "You can post up to 5 images, one for each of the themes." meant you could not add more than five. I just noticed that someone added double that amount. As to themes, if it's not clear, then I assume it inspires in some(unusual) way :)

    May 13, 2013

    • Dave B.

      It looks like you're not the only one. Possibly another newbie like us.

      May 14, 2013

    • Trish

      No worries! The challenges have become quite complex as we get more and more creative with them. I think you've mastered the rhythm now! :)

      May 14, 2013

  • kelly

    Such great images everyone, but please...I need help with some of them..i guess I'm dense or the themes aren't obvious...please..... fill in the caption

    3 · May 10, 2013

    • Susan

      completely agree..that's what the challenge is about? it's not meant for us to randomly post anything we see in our commute. Perhaps some of them are meant for certain themes but they aren't obvious to some of us. Personally I think captions should be mandatory...

      May 12, 2013

    • Azim

      Now I understand... I stand corrected. Sorry I was not even aware of those themes. I am very sorry about that... when you get my age....

      3 · May 12, 2013

  • Kelly

    Had to go out of town not sure when I will be able to post any photos as camera etc is at home.

    May 12, 2013

  • Winson C.

    Wonderful photos with great quality. Trish, you did it again.

    May 11, 2013

    • Trish

      I agree, Winson! So many great pics again this challenge! :)

      May 12, 2013

  • boxerpug

    Wonderful photos so far, everyone. I'm quite envious of some of your commutes! I've taken some photos and will upload them on the weekend. And will be taking more...

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • kelly

    Hi Trish, I loved this challenge, I almost regret capturing all my images in the same "commute", but the early morning light was so "inspiring"!
    I wish there were another set of themes to follow.

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Mj C.

    Hi there. Like to meet-up at your next (not today) event. Please email me when you have a designated area/spot. merci/thanks. Mj.

    May 8, 2013

  • Susan

    I need to start using my camera again...

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • boxerpug

    I do hope that other attendees agree that "commute" can be any regular route followed. Our working life is so diverse these days - many of us telecommute for our employers, some of us are self-employed and work from home, some of us are retired. The meaning of "commuting" seems to morphing. My commute is from bedroom to living room and back and forth all day as I change positions from sitting and standing at my lap top. Photos of this commute would be really boring - trust me when I say that :)

    May 7, 2013

    • Trish

      No worries... as I mentioned in the introduction: A "commute" for our purposes is a route we frequently take. I'm sure there will be all sorts of "routes" involved in the resulting images :)

      May 7, 2013

    • boxerpug

      Yep, that was my understanding. I was elaborating since there had been a few questions about it. I guess it would have been better to have done a reply to one of the questions about it. Looking forward to starting the challenge tomorrow!

      1 · May 7, 2013

  • Terry T

    So my commute could be walking the dog or a usual route on a person walk. What can I see that I normally walk past? This is a great challenge. Terry in Kelowna

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • David B.

    I work from home but usually take a long photo wall before work begins. It will be a nice challenge to look for photo opportunities fitting the themes.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Kelly

    The commute at the moment is the laptop for work. Mind you do enjoy strolling around town.

    May 6, 2013

    • Trish

      Welcome Kelly, do you have a "regular" route? That's the premise of this challenge :)

      May 7, 2013

  • Reza F.

    Hello there, i am a new member and first time participating
    I want to upload a couple of photos but do not seem to recall how
    would someone please help me bu telling me
    thanks a lot in advance

    May 6, 2013

    • Trish

      Welcome Reza! This challenge starts tomorrow. What sort of photos are you wishing to upload? You can use the Monthly Misc album here if you like for photos you take before the challenge: http://www.meetup.com...­

      May 7, 2013

  • Melody L.

    sorry, just no time at the moment

    May 6, 2013

  • Marie

    Hi Everyone! I just joined this group and i'm very excited to have found you all! I love to take pictures. It's not what I do for a living but its a wonderful outlet for me. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone, and here is my facebook photography page if you are interested in seeing what I like to photograph. It really has opened a whole new world for me. I recently moved here from California and BC is so beautiful, photo ops are amazing!

    https://www.facebook.com/MarieCardonaPhotography?ref=hl

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Barry B.

    I picked up a Minolta AF[masked] for $45! The guy begged me to buy it. It works besutifully on my Sony DSLRs. Heavy, though. Got some other Minolta things too.

    2 · May 1, 2013

  • Peter K.

    Last Sunday I attended the Vancouver camera show and swap meet at Cameron community center. I bought an very inexpensive Olympus 50mm f/1.8 OM F.Zuiko prime lens and an OM to M4/3 adaptor ($50.00) to fit onto my Olympus pen lite e-pl3 and carry with me to work to try some manual shooting. Before I was thinking about a faster lumix pancake f/1.8 lens (over $300) as my stock zoom lens is F/3.5. I was not very happy with the 2x crop factor but some shots when focused properly were just amazing. I just have to shop for an old 28mm prime lens next time

    May 1, 2013

  • jim h.

    Oh please, please please let me again see the guy eating corn on the cob for breakfast as he used his knees (I assume, it could have been something else) to merge from 152nd St. into the Port Mann bridge traffic during rush hour.

    2 · April 30, 2013

  • Winson C.

    I think commute could mean any route outside your house.

    April 29, 2013

  • boxerpug

    I'm really glad the "commute" means any route we frequently take. My commute, kitchen to living room, would be pretty boring (I work entirely from home). I'm defining my "commute" for this challenge to be the route my dog and I take around the neighbourhood every day. Should be fun!

    1 · April 28, 2013

    • Grant

      My commute from the bedroom to the living room/office might be a little short on people, but I already have ideas for inspiring :)

      April 29, 2013

    • Trish

      I was thinking that too... the people part :)

      April 29, 2013

  • tracy

    I haven't been able to participate in many virtual challenges lately, because of my work schedule, so I am happy to participate in this one en route

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Wendy

    I don't commute at all.

    April 29, 2013

  • Bob

    If taking my dog for his morningang walk constitutes "Commuting" and having read these post's I see it will, I intend to participate and enjoy this challenge, seeing things I don't normally "see". This will keep me sharp.I might even get to use my "NEW" (second hand) macro lens.

    1 · April 29, 2013

    • kelly

      Agreed, being retired, I don't commute anywhere on a regular basis.....the only thing on a constant or regular basis is the dog walk, which sometimes gets extended to a walk to Safeway.....this will certainly make me look at it all differently....

      1 · April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Creative idea!

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Trish

    I changed the "Hue" theme to "Shades of one hue" - which better defines what I was thinking.

    An example is when you see mountains at varying distances that represent as one hue but different shades of it. :)

    April 28, 2013

  • Winson C.

    cool challenge

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • reyeslp

    I already have truckloads lol.

    1 · April 28, 2013

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